Does this scenario sound familiar? It's Sunday morning. You are flipping a few made-from-scratch blueberry-spelt pancakes and chopping a few fresh bananas and strawberries. You pull out some maple syrup and heat up some hot cocoa or a spicy soy chai latte. But something is missing from your homemade morning feast. Fresh juice.
You open the fridge and pull out a carton of store bought orange juice. Some fresh-pressed pineapple/orange/kiwi juice would be a perfect compliment to your spread. Hmmm..isn't there a way to get fresh juice at home?
Yes! Hop on the at-home juicing bandwagon! You won't regret it.
Juicing Research. Just google "juicers" and "reviews" and you will come up with an entire web world of juicer reviews and information. The hardest part about juicing is choosing a juicer. The quality and prices range from extremely basic $40 juicers, to hardcore extreme at-home juicers for up to $2,000.
After much research, my family settled on the Super Angel juicer. It was an investment purchase at around $900, but it has been well worth it. I juice at least 3x a week and making my own juice (as opposed to getting it from a juice bar) is priceless. Frankly, I much prefer to choose, chop and handle my own fruits and veggies. And at home juicing lets me have my very own juice bar in my kitchen, open 24/7.
*Orange X Manual Press Juicer
...I love and recommend them both.
How to Juice
Once you have decided on a juicer, the fun part begins.
Stock up on organic fruits and veggies.
Head to a farmers market or organic food market and stock up! I highly recommend juicing with organic fruits and veggies. A few of my favorite items to juice are:
leafy greens (of all sorts)
stir ins: cayenne, cinnamon, spirulina, pepper
There are many more options, but these are just a few of my favorites.
Foods that do not juice well are anything that is mushy, dry or overly tender. Bananas and peaches can sometimes mush up in my juicer, although a half a banana is sometimes a nice addition. But don't try making banana juice with a whole bunch...it just won't work.
Juicer Food Prep
Wash all your items very well! Remove stems, seeds are usually fine to juice. However, citrus seeds (especially lemons) can be quite bitter.
oranges/grapefruit/citrus-remove the outer peel
apples/pears-slice, juice the entire fruit (seeds and all.)
Ginger-peel/slice off the skin, otherwise your juice will be brown and grainy.
veggies-wash well! You can juice whole. (De-stem if needed.)
**Need Juicing RECIPES? Check out my Juicing for Fun and Health Recipe Series - includes my favorite delicious, healthy morning juice, diet juice and energizing juice recipe! !**
Here are a few of my favorite produce combos to juice:
*add a cayenne sprinkle for a spicy kick
straight up orange
straight up OJ
straight up grapefruit
straight up pomegranate
*Juice/Smoothies Recipe Index here*
As I have written about before, fruit juice is a highly sensitive food item. To ensure the most active enzymes and nutrients in the juice you drink, you should juice/drink it fresh. Vitamin C is incredibly delicate. Some studies have shown that Vitamin C content decreases by 2% every day after it is first juiced.
Juicing is one of the best ways to boost your weekly intake of healthy nutrients. You can easily get a few full servings of fruits and veggies in one glass of juice.
And the best part....it tastes amazing! You've probably paid $3-$7 for fresh squeezed orange juice at a restaurant. Well now you can make it yourself and drink it in your pajamas.
If you have any questions about juicing or types of juicers, feel free to email me or comment. I have done a lot of research on this topic.
Buying a Juicer? I suggest you head over to this website: Harvest Essentials. It has a wide range of juicers available and even a juicer buying guide which explains the differences between types of juicers. This is also the website that we bought our juicer from. I was pleased with the quality and delivery of the juicer. Check out my fave juicers below:
If you are willing to spend at least $350 on your juicer, I would definitely get a twin gear juicer. Otherwise, there are cheaper options that may not perform as well, but will still be adequate. Most store bought inexpensive juicers are centrifugal. They grind the fruit to a pulp and the juice is strained through a grinder. However some studies show that less nutrients and enzymes are kept in tact due to the high rpm and 'processing' of the foods. Also, centrifugal juicers are not capable of efficiently extracting juice from wheatgrass, leafy greens, or herbs. But if you are new to juicing, you may want to work your way up to an expensive twin gear model. A good juicer will have around a ten year warranty, and thus the cost is high. But juicing newbies should first make sure that they are going to enjoy juicing and actually use the machine.
Here are a few juicers I like:
SuperAngel- twin gear, $800-$1200 (*best counter top)
Omega Model 9000- centrifugal Juicer, $199
Green Star 3000- twin gear, $469
Champion 2000- single gear, $219-$369
Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer™- centrifugal, $99+
Ready to Peruse Juicers on Amazon? My Juicer Picks:
Orange X Manual Press Juicer: I also own a manual press juicer for juicing orange, grapefruit and even pomegranate juice. It's super easy to clean and squeezes my fruit bone dry. Fresh OJ in a snap.
Posted by Kathy on 1/03/2009